Last night’s Game Awards was one of them the biggest shows of the annual event to date. With a flurry of surprise appearances, awards, excellent speechesgame reveals, and other quirks, it was easy to lose track of everything. But if you’re a fan of anime MMOs and you like the idea of a sci-fi fantasy adventure focused on rebuilding the future after an apocalypse, then Bandai Namco and Amazon Games might have something really cool in store for you. . It is called Blue protocol, and it will ship next year as a free-to-play title on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series consoles. Oh, and you can sign up for a free, closed beta expected in the near future.
Blue protocol was originally announced in 2019. And while what we saw during last night’s trailer for the anime MMO was fairly new, fans have been checking out the game before through server testingand there has been quite a bit of speculation and debate about it over the years the game’s unofficial subreddit. It’s otherwise been a bit elusive though, with some concerned about the game’s development given the lack of updates. But last night’s trailer at the Game Awards proved that development is very active and the game will be out next year. It also turned out that Amazon Games, which has previously published Lost Ark and New world, will serve as publisher. Watch last night’s trailer here:
I mean come on this looks damn cool. And there’s a lot of potential in the premise, described by executive producer Sokichi Shimmoka as “a project that takes players on a heroic journey through a planet teetering on the brink of destruction after millennia of conflict and technology overuse.” Details on the gameplay, which offers five different classes to choose from, an “action-based combat system” and neat-looking summons called “Echoes”, are shown on the game’s official website.
While many are probably excited to see some new footage from this game, that might just be one of the more surprising twists Amazon Games will publish the MMO. In a statement The edgeAmazon’s vice president of its games division, Cristoph Hartmann, spoke about the experience of working with the team behind Lost Ark earlier and emphasized that the lessons learned from that game will carry over to the publisher’s support for Blue protocol. And based on statements by Hartmann as well as Shimmoka, Blue protocol may have somewhat broader IP plans with potential ‘transmedia opportunities’.
With a nice mix of sci-fi and fantasy aesthetics, and a focus on bringing some hope and positivity to a doomed world, it’s great to see more post-apocalyptic stories about the pursuit of something meaningful. The post-apocalypse is far too often a narrative space for doom and gloom, without much meaningful reflection. Let’s hope Blue protocol changes that a bit.